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Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)
4.09
it was ok
I'd heard great things about this, but was a little disappointed. The writing was clearly geared towards a slightly younger crowd than I'm used to, th ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 05, 2007
 
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
3.67
it was ok
It was probably a mistake to read this so soon after _My Life in France_, as it suffered in comparison. This is the story of a corporate type who gets ...more
Jan 23, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
 
Mouth Wide Open: A Cook And His Appetite
3.89
liked it
I like John Thorne - he's unapologetic about the fact that he doesn't follow recipes, likes tasty midnight snacks scavenged from bits and pieces lying ...more
Jan 31, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
 
The Prisoner of Pineapple Place
3.78
liked it
A good sequel told from an interesting point of view, but not as lovable as the first.
May 10, 2008
May 11, 2008
 
Lab Girl
4.02
it was ok
I really wanted to like this more than I did. It's somewhere around 2.5 stars for me, with a big helping of "it's not you, it's me." A good topic from ...more
Sep 03, 2016
Aug 28, 2016
 
The Princess Diarist
3.67
it was ok
Ms. Fisher tries so very hard to be liked, with her flippants asides - but the self-conscious tumbling stream-of-consciousness writing and the insecur ...more
Dec 04, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
 
Gods and Pawns (The Company)
4.00
really liked it
I think I like Baker's short stories more than her novels. The Company series has been going on and on (and on and on), and the focus often seems to b ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
 
Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, #4)
3.71
liked it
Another swashbuckling installation in Dan McClure's Grant Scotland series, though by this time (book 4) the protagonist is slowing down a bit. You'll ...more
Nov 02, 2016
Nov 04, 2016
 
Shark's Fin And Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
4.01
it was ok
Truly a sweet-sour book: most of the food-centric parts were enthusiastic (though not without a good dose of guilt and regret in some cases and perhap ...more
Aug 27, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
 
Passage (The Sharing Knife, #3)
3.91
it was ok
I generally love Bujold, but this series just isn't for me. In this third book of the series, the pacing is slow, the protagonist can do no wrong, and ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 14, 2008
 
Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living
3.75
liked it
I've followed Thames' blog for quite a few years now, so I looked forward to her book with eager anticipation. While the book was entertaining and (un ...more
Mar 11, 2018
Mar 25, 2018
 
Ordinary Jack
4.08
liked it
The Bagthorpes had been recommended to me from a number of different sources, so I'm finally giving them a go. So far: thumbs up! Good old-fashioned B ...more
Mar 10, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
 
Dear Data
4.21
liked it
As a data nerd, I had to pick this one up from the library. The two authors are graphic designers, so the way they approached their postcards was some ...more
Dec 30, 2016
Dec 30, 2016
 
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
3.46
liked it
I'd heard a fair amount of hype about this book, and started it with heightened expectations. While it was an amusing read - well, Crosley's not the n ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 01, 2008
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2008
3.86
it was ok
As filled with hard-hitting, fast-moving, throbbing machismo as you might expect from a set of travel essays chosen by Anthony Bourdain (editor) - the ...more
Oct 22, 2008
Oct 22, 2008
 
The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket
3.77
liked it
I found the focus on Kate (a rather unfocused and easily grossed-out young sushi chef student) and the frequent references to a female comic book sush ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
 
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
3.54
liked it
I couldn't really relate to the author's background, but her comments about living in the moment and wanting to live with less resonated. More memoir ...more
Feb 24, 2018
Feb 24, 2018
 
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
4.24
really liked it
A well-researched and compelling biography of a fascinating person. The snippets of letters are especially interesting and used to great effect; I'd l ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
Midnight Is a Place
3.91
liked it
Aiken is very good at dark children's fiction set in bleak Victorian England, and this is no exception. A little preachy and not as good as I remember ...more
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
 
The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones
3.79
it was ok
A set of recycled essays with a little fiction story at the end. Overly adjective-packed and melodramatic, even for Bourdain (which is saying somethin ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 11, 2007
 
Library: An Unquiet History
3.49
liked it
A bit of a mixed bag. Some interesting tidbits (why have I never heard of geniza before? Fascinating!) interspersed with rather duller accounts, all o ...more
Feb 25, 2008
Feb 25, 2008
 
Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China
3.86
liked it
I thought this one was a bit better than Dunlop's recent Chinese food/travel book (less condescending text, and the recipes seem more homey), though a ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
 
Absolute Zero: Being the Second Part of the Bagthorpe Saga
4.31
really liked it
Floods! Fire! A plague of competitions! Great stuff. I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first in the Bagthorpe saga, perhaps because it seemed to ...more
Mar 11, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
 
The Oldest Trick (Saga of the Redeemed #1-2)
4.25
liked it
A fine fantasy adventure, slightly marred by the author's tendency to tell rather than show - but it was an entertaining read and I'll look up the nex ...more
Aug 19, 2016
Aug 20, 2016
 
People in Pineapple Place
4.09
really liked it
Thanks for the recommendation, Susan! Definitely a keeper. I'll be looking for the sequel, "The Prisoner of Pineapple Place".
May 03, 2008
May 03, 2008
 
American Stories
4.07
liked it
I wasn't enamored of some of his subject matter, but Trillin is a good writer and the pieces are well put-together.
Sep 2007
Sep 28, 2007
 
Dancing Barefoot
4.00
liked it
Just five short stories - a good supplement to _Just a Geek_, but almost too short to stand on their own.
May 03, 2008
May 03, 2008
 
Yendi (Vlad Taltos, #2)
4.14
it was ok
Reading this series out of order probably wasn't a wise idea. Ah well. Still good for a fast read.
Dec 2007
Dec 01, 2007
 
Blue and Gold
3.94
liked it
A brief novella for any fan of unreliable narrators; one is never quite sure how much to believe.
Jul 16, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
 
The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese
3.64
liked it
Less about cheese, more about farming goats - but still a cute, quick read.
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
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